Skip to main content

Yamanaka Sets Course Record, 207 Sub-66 at National University Half Marathon Championships (updated)

by Brett Larner



19-year-old Nittai University second-year Hideto Yamanaka lived up to his superb 2014 Hakone Ekiden First Stage win today in Tokyo's Showa Kinen Park, taking nearly five minutes off his half marathon best to win the National University Half Marathon Championships in a course record 1:02:09.  Despite cold temperatures and on-and-off rain, Yamanaka led aggressively from the start before getting away in the final kilometers to win by more than twenty seconds over Waseda University's Daiki Taguchi and Koki Ido and Komazawa University's Yoshihiro Nishizawa and Shota Baba.

The momentum of Yamanaka and the others in the front pack pulled the entire field along, all of the top ten going sub-63, nine of them in PB times.  For the first time in history more than 200 men cleared 66 minutes in a single half marathon, a new world record which confirmed the upward trend in Japanese university men's performances that has only increased since Tokyo won the 2020 Olympics.  All told well over 500 men ran under 1:10, surpassing even November's Ageo City Half Marathon in high-end depth.

Update: Earlier reports of 200 breaking 1:06:00 were based on university division results. General division results were published on Mar. 8, with three additional men in that category bringing the total number sub-1:06:00 to 203.  An update to the university division results on Mar. 10 gave a grand total of 207.



Fewer collegiates lined up at the weekend's other big half, the 65th running of the Kanaguri Hai Tamana Half Marathon in Kumamoto, to which Kenyan Johana Maina (Kenya) returned from a 1:29:55 debut for 30 km there two weeks ago to win by more than a minute in 1:03:07.  Keisuke Sago (Takushoku Univ.) was the top university runner, 5th in 1:04:39, with Mao Kuroda (Team Wacoal) winning the women's 10 km in 33:20 by a second over high schooler Yuri Nozoe (Kamimura Gakuen H.S.) and Masashi Sakamoto (Kakusho H.S.) claiming the high school boys' 10 km title in 30:09 by two seconds over Yuki Koga (Omuta H.S.).

17th National University Men's Half Marathon Championships
Tachikawa, Tokyo, 3/2/14
click here for complete results

Men
1. Hideto Yamanaka (Nittai Univ.) - 1:02:09 - CR, PB
2. Daiki Taguchi (Waseda Univ.) - 1:02:30 - PB
3. Koki Ido (Waseda Univ.) - 1:02:33 - PB
4. Yoshihiro Nishizawa (Komazawa Univ.) - 1:02:33 - PB
5. Shota Baba (Komazawa Univ.) - 1:02:37 - PB
6. Yuki Matsumura (Juntendo Univ.) - 1:02:46
7. Ryo Shirayoshi (Tokai Univ.) - 1:02:49 - PB
8. Takahiro Yagihara (Teikyo Univ.) - 1:02:49 - PB
9. Masahito Miura (Waseda Univ.) - 1:02:52 - PB
10. Keita Shioya (Chuo Gakuin Univ.) - 1:02:57 - PB
11. Yusuke Nishiyama (Komazawa Univ.) - 1:03:02
12. Toshiyuki Yanagi (Waseda Univ.) - 1:03:04 - PB
13. Shoya Okuno (Nittai Univ.) - 1:03:05 - PB
14. Shinichiro Nakamura (Waseda Univ.) - 1:03:07 - PB
15. Yoshitaka Ogawa (Meiji Univ.) - 1:03:11 - PB
-----
50. Renya Sugiyama (Teikyo Univ.) - 1:04:09 - PB
100. Ryuta Seki (Tokyo Kokusai Univ.) - 1:04:47
150. Takahiro Ogawa (Chuo Gakuin Univ.) - 1:05:29
200. Eishi Nakahira (Kanagawa Univ.) - 1:05:55
300. Shuya Kaizaki (Tokyo Kokusai Univ.) - 1:06:48
400. Wataru Saito (Juntendo Univ.) - 1:08:02
500. Ryogo Wada (Asia Univ.) - 1:09:21
546. Yuta Okuyama (Saitama Univ.) - 1:09:59

Women
1. Haruna Horikawa (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 1:15:53

65th Kanaguri Hai Tamana Half Marathon
Tamana, Kumamoto 3/2/14
click here for complete results

Men's Half Marathon
1. Johana Maina (Kenya/Team Fujitsu) - 1:03:07
2. Dishon Karukuwa Maina (Kenya/Team Omokawa Lumber) - 1:04:11
3. Kaoru Hirosue (Team Toyota Kyushu) - 1:04:29
4. Jun Shinoto (Team Sanyo Tokushu Seiko) - 1:04:36
5. Keisuke Sago (Takushoku Univ.) - 1:04:39

Women's 10 km
1. Mao Kuroda (Team Wacoal) - 33:20
2. Yuri Nozoe (Kamimura Gakuen H.S.) - 33:21
3. Yuki Nakamura (Team Miyazaki Ginko) - 33:29
4. Chieko Kido (Canon AC Kyushu) - 33:31
5. Haruka Tobimatsu (Kamimura Gakuen H.S.) - 33:38

High School Boys' 10 km
1. Masashi Sakamoto (Kakusho H.S.) - 30:09
2. Yuki Koga (Omuta H.S.) - 30:11
3. Kohei Okamoto (Kyushu Kokusai Prep H.S.) - 30:15

(c) 2014 Brett Larner
all rights reserved

Comments

Zach T said…
Love how there are no comments. I wouldn't even have placed in the top 500. Ran d1 ncca. Trained seriously for 10 years. Only barely broke 1:10 for a half I suck at distance running. And you probably do too. Japan rocks.

Most-Read This Week

Toyo University Leads Defending Champ Aoyama Gakuin on Hakone Ekiden Day One

The team that brought Japan's greatest race into the modern era with its historic 2012 sub-3 min/km win, Toyo University came out swinging to win Day One of the 2018 Hakone Ekiden.

Intensely popular with fans, Toyo has struggled this season with its entire senior class out with injury. With its fate in the hands of its younger members Toyo 1st-year Kazuya Nishiyama, freshly 19 in November, stepped up and took control of the race with both hands. Midway through the fast First Stage Nishiyama surged hard to go out front alone, 2017 World University Games half marathon gold medalist Kei Katanishi (Komazawa Univ.) and relative unknown Yuhei Urano (Koku Gakuin Univ.) the only ones to try to go with him. Nishiyama covered the 21.3 km stage in 1:02:16, equivalent to a 1:01:40 half marathon, with Urano and Katanishi around 15 seconds back. 3-time defending champ Aoyama Gakuin University was 25 seconds behind in 5th at the first exchange, 2017 Izumo Ekiden winner Tokai University another …

Nakamoto and Kawauchi to Run Boston

Japan's Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) and Kentaro Nakamoto (Yasukawa Denki) will run the 2018 Boston Marathon as part of the John Hancock Elite Athlete Team. Kawauchi holds world records for everything from most career sub-2:12 marathons to most sub-2:20, while Nakamoto is Japan's best championships marathoner of modern times with four top 10 finishes at the Olympics and World Championships.

Longtime rivals, their duel at the 2013 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon was one of the classics of Japanese marathoning, both running sub-2:09 PBs as Kawauchi set a still-standing course record of 2:08:15. The pair has a 3-3 record in the marathon so far, their most recent meeting coming at last summer's London World Championships where Kawauchi ran Nakamoto down in the last kilometer to take 9th. Boston will be their 7th and likely final face-off.

Our 2018 #BostonMarathon International Elite Field includes 46 of the world’s best marathoners from 13 countries. Watch to see the …

Kawauchi Breaks Sub-2:20 World Record in Sub-Zero Temperatures

Battling freezing temperatures and wind chill that took things down to -23C, Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) ran a 2018 world-leading 2:18:59 at the Marshfield New Year's Day Marathon, taking 30 minutes off the course record and breaking American Doug Kurtis' historic sub-2:20 world record with his 76th career sub-2:20.

Kawauchi spent Dec. 29 to 31 training on the Boston Marathon course ahead of his upcoming appearance as part of the John Hancock Elite Athlete Team and planned to run Marshfield at the tail end of his trip. The Marshfield Road Runners club, organizers of the marathon, had their longstanding race USATF certified ahead of his appearance.


Wearing full-length tights in a marathon for the first time, in Marshfield Kawauchi planned to run the first of the hilly course's two laps in 1:09 flat to give himself room to work with in breaking 2:20. But in the wind and cold he struggled to stay on pace, ice crystals coating his face as he hit halfway in 1:10:29…